Paint giveaway, hydrogen-cell minivans and high-fructose corn syrup – Friday wrap-up

This week has been packed with interesting news — and it’s especially appropriate for homeowners and parents.

New car option on the way?

When I posted last week about the Chevy Volt, someone commented that they were waiting for a fuel-efficient vehicle that can accommodate a larger family. Apparently, Chrysler *might* be thinking about doing just that with a possible hybrid or hydrogen fuel-cell minivan option.

Contest for a home facelift — the green way

“Special-materials industry giant Rohm and Haas” has created the Paint Quality Institute, which is sponsoring a contest to win one of eight exterior home paint jobs. Apparently, Rohm and Haas has a whole line of low-VOC paints — and they’ll include a spruce tree for the winners, who will be announced on Arbor Day, April 24.

The contest runs until Feb. 1, 2009. You must submit a photo of your home and an essay of 200 words or less that explains why your home needs a spruce-up. (Thanks to the Lean Green Family Blog for posting about this event.)

The dirt on high-fructose corn syrup

Has anyone else gagged on those syrupy-sweet ads about why high-fructose corn syrup is no big deal? You know, because your friends will mock you if you criticize it …

If you’d like a quick rundown of some sources that will explain why we should be cautious about HFCS (beyond the fact that it has infiltrated so many of our foods, and that much refined sugar isn’t so good for our bodies), check out this post from My Green Side.  For more information about HFCS and diabetes, check out this article.

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2 thoughts on “Paint giveaway, hydrogen-cell minivans and high-fructose corn syrup – Friday wrap-up

  1. Wendy Gabriel says:

    Love your blog!

    Thanks for linking my blog about high-fructose corn syrup. Spread the word high-fructose corn syrup really is that bad, especially for our children!

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